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Ian Pouncey , Richard York

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June 28 2011 0470891521 978-0470891520 3
Completely updated material and new examples show you what CSS can do

With the latest versions of Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and other browsers released, CSS is more essential than ever. This beginner guide demonstrates how cascading style sheets can be used to define styles to items in Web pages, rather than format each item individually. Each lesson in this full-color book has been methodically revised to be more concise and efficient, making your learning experience as productive as possible.

  • Covers the latest in CSS, including the new features of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, and Google Chrome
  • Reviews the vast improvements to mobile browsers and how CSS can work with them
  • Provides helpful examples and walks you through real-world solutions to common hurdles
  • Discusses embedded fonts, compatibility tables, and cross-browser bug scenarios

Beginning CSS, Third Edition gets you completely up to date so that you can start using CSS in the newest Web and mobile browsers today!


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Build extraordinary web sites with CSS in the newest browsers

With Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and other browsers debuting new versions, an updated resource on building web sites with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is critical. This new edition of a perennial classic responds to that need and gets you quickly up to speed on using CSS to create appealing web sites in a professional way. Completely updated with new examples, this full-color book has been carefully revised based on reader input and now provides an even more concise and streamlined introduction to CSS. Veteran authors Ian Pouncey and Richard York cover how to write CSS from scratch like a professional, and discuss the many improvements to CSS that have emerged since the previous edition.

Beginning CSS, Third Edition:

  • Dissects the various elements that make up a style sheet

  • Demonstrates how to style and manipulate the display of text

  • Zeroes in on how to use background images appropriately

  • Examines the box model and how it is used to lay out content

  • Addresses a variety of ways to position content and explains how to create a complete layout

  • Reviews advanced techniques such as styling for mobile devices, using custom fonts, and applying gradient backgrounds with CSS

Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.

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About the Author

Ian Pouncey is a web developer living in London, England, and working for the BBC. He has been working on the web for over 11 years, producing web sites from small sites for local businesses to the latest version of the Yahoo! home page. He is a member of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Education and Outreach Working Group and a web accessibility advocate.

Richard York is a web developer at Westlake Design, a web design and development firm, and an active contributing member of the PHP community. In addition to writing previous editions of Beginning CSS: Cascading Style Sheets for Web Design, he is also the author of Beginning JavaScript and CSS Development with jQuery.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Basically the W3C website on paper May 18 2013
By Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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Not very useful. I had to buy it for class and it was the most expensive book in my tech studies, yet I get nothing out of it. :(

If you're an absolute beginner and don't know how to use Google I guess this would be helpful.
2.0 out of 5 stars Worse Than The Old Edition March 17 2014
By Always Having 2 Learn Stuff - Published on Amazon.com
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This edition involved a new author and it the writing style is like someone who just got their Ph.D. in computer science. MUCH TO VERBOSE. Get an editor, you guys, and cut out all the editorializing. Just teach us how to CSS for Web Design as succinctly as possible. If I want to read a lot of text, I'll read a novel. This ain't rocket science.
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a beginner Oct. 28 2012
By P. Then - Published on Amazon.com
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I signed up for a night-course to learn CSS at a well-reputed university, and the instructor (who's been teaching for many years) made it a course requirement to buy the book. According to her, she had gone through many books and it was the best that she has seen in terms of explanations.

I started reading it without any knowledge of HTML so found it a little difficult, so after getting lost in Chapters 3 & 4, decided to learn HTML first. I came back and reread the chapters and it was a WHOLE lot clearer! I think that Richard could have better LABELLED his examples, especially in the breakdown of nomenclature, cause you end up having to guess which part he is referring to.

When you realize just to look for the changes in the code, rather than each individual line painstakingly, you realize you can go through the book (fly through it) pretty quick. Some chapters were definitely a lot more difficult than others (ex. advanced selectors) and the origins of hexadecimal values (the 0-9 for first 10 then A-F for remaining, but I guess it's not an important point in the big scheme of things).

What I DO like about though is the colour in the code -- makes for much easier digestion. Also the exercises are nice, as it's a way to test yourself if you really grasped key concepts or not.

This was my first book on CSS so I don't really have much of a comparison, but I'm going to try another book to better understanding missing parts, and deepen my level of understanding of more advanced concepts, as well as newer techniques.
5.0 out of 5 stars CSS for the Beginner Aug. 12 2012
By George - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the better books I have come across on basic CSS. As a beginner's book, it is best I have found. It is simple, easy to read and full of examples. The book is a little repetitive, but as it is aimed at the beginner, one would expect that.
I always find books that have lots of code examples much easier to read when they use color syntax as this book does.
Although the book comes in at about 400 pages, most of the space is taken up with code examples and illustrations. Being familiar with CSS, I find myself just looking at the code examples, which are enough to remind me of the style's properties and how to use them.
Unfortunately the book doesn't cover CSS3, although that's a whole book to itself. Still Wrox normally produces easy to read and understand books. This is no exception, as a beginner's book on CSS this would be the one I would choose.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very thorough coverage June 2 2012
By Gary L. Roach - Published on Amazon.com
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This is another one of these books that is a must for your book shelf if you are doing html programming. As a rank beginner I found it to be relatively easy to follow and very informative. It is also a good reference book. I love the cover art.
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